Last Tuesday marked my fourth year at Stackla, and it feels like yesterday that I strolled into our London “office” as employee number two. And by office I mean a dark co-working space in a basement run by a heavily-bearded bloke named Leon.
On day one I was greeted by Andy, Stackla’s first UK employee and Managing Director in Europe. We got to work armed with a couple of laptops and an unhealthy amount of coffee. Two years later, Stackla Europe was a team of twelve — landing clients like Manchester United, Topshop and Heineken. We had also upgraded to shiny new offices with all of the important startup perks: beer on tap, a ping-pong table and Time Crisis II.
Being part of the growth in London was brilliant. Seeing the team and region scale so quickly taught me a number of invaluable lessons that only a fast-paced startup can offer. So, when I was given the opportunity to open Stackla’s New York office in January 2017, I jumped at the chance.
The last 18 months in New York have been a crazy ride. After many late nights and countless meetings across Manhattan, the team has grown and continues to land some of the biggest brands in the U.S. as Stackla customers — from Leading Hotels of the World and Marriott to L’Oréal and Facebook. We’ve also found our spiritual home in Williamsburg surrounded by the city’s best coffee and food as well as the most questionable clothing choices in New York.
A huge reason for the early success of the NY office is down to the wider U.S. team. Starting out in NY alone wasn’t easy but the folks in SF and Austin made sure I felt settled and supported from day one. I can’t thank them enough for the countless Skype calls, surprise visits and team get-togethers. These values of teamwork and support are embedded within Stackla’s culture and, in my opinion, are a key reason for the success and growth of the business.
The Stackla Switch program was designed to recognize high performers and present them with new opportunities for business and personal growth. I’ve been honored to not only be selected for this amazing program, but to also be a part of a company that invests in their people as much as their customers.